Cybersecurity context on Chinese cranes in US ports

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The Biden administration, along with lawmakers and ports management, have expressed varying concerns regarding the cybersecurity risks posed by Chinese-made cranes operating at US ports. The U.S. Coast Guard indicated that 80% of ship-to-shore cranes in the US are manufactured in China, potentially making them vulnerable to exploitation and surveillance. However, top officials at major ports have clarified that the crane operational software does not originate from China, naming European and Japanese companies as the providers. Despite utilizing Chinese-manufactured cranes, efforts have been made to ensure operational independence from Chinese software, with rigorous cybersecurity measures and firewalls in place to protect port infrastructure. The issue underscores the broader geopolitical rivalry between the US and China and highlights the need for vigilant cybersecurity practices in critical infrastructure.

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